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Olympian Waterfield retires from diving

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Pete Waterfield partnered Tom Daley at the London 2012 Olympic Games © PA Photos
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Olympic medallist Pete Waterfield has called time on his diving career, following a string of injuries.

The 32-year-old became the first Briton in 44 years to win a diving medal when picking up silver in the 10m synchro at the 2004 Olympic Games.

London-born Waterfield partnered Tom Daley in the London 2012 Games, where the pair narrowly missed out on a medal after finishing fourth in front of their home crowd.

Waterfield has not competed since London due to injury, and took to Twitter on Friday to announce his retirement.

"It's the right time," Waterfield added on BBC Radio Solent. "I've got an ongoing shoulder injury that needs surgery. My body is struggling, I find it harder in the pool and when you are doing that you are not improving.

"Injuries, age and motivation are all factors. I always wanted to look back on a high and what greater high than the Olympic Games."

In a further statement issued by British Swimming, Waterfield said: "I always said that I would continue diving for as long as my body allowed me to and I'm so grateful to have had so many amazing years in the sport, doing what I love, but the time has come to hang up my trunks."

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